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Mets GM: Syndergaard to miss “considerable amount of time”

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Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spoke to the media before Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves and shared a little more information about Noah Syndergaard‘s injury.

According to Alderson, Syndergaard’s injury will not measured in days but instead should be talked about in terms of weeks. As expected, a lat tear, not a strain, is more serious, and the usual timeframe can range from six to eight weeks, if not more.

As noted previously, Steven Matz was out for around eight weeks in 2015 from his lat injury, so it’s possible that’s the same period we could be looking at for Noah.

Nevertheless, the GM isn’t giving a timeframe as he prefers to not speculate but he did say he expects Noah to miss “a considerable amount of time.”

Sandy also went on to say that the team doctors have not connected this lat injury to Syndergaard’s previous bicep and shoulder discomfort, thus trying to shield his ace from all the speculation that that his refusal earlier in the week to undergo an MRI could have prevented this latest injury. As Alderson noted on Sunday, however, whether or not any sign of a lat issue would have been visible in an MRI scan is now forever unknown.

Alderson also took responsibility for the team’s decision to start Noah Syndergaard on Sunday. He said that the final call was ultimately his to make. A decision he still stands by.

"“It was my decision. The MRI was not dismissed out of hand simply because Noah said he wouldn’t do it. I sincerely believe that Noah felt that he was fine. There would be no reason for him to say otherwise.”"

Next: Mets recall right-hander Paul Sewald from Triple-A Las Vegas

With Noah officially shelved, and the Mets likely turning to Rafael Montero for the start on Friday, these next three games in Atlanta are pretty crucial to not only get the morale of the team back up, but to also rack up some much needed wins.

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